FORMER Munster scrum-half Mike Prendergast will join Gloucester this summer on a two-year deal from Bourgoin.
The 29-year-old fills the gap left by Haydn Thomas, who is joining Bristol, and brings with him a wealth of experience gained in Ireland and France.
A physical number nine, Prendergast started four of Bourgoin's six pool matches in the Heineken Cup this season, and also knows what it's like to run out at Kingsholm having been a replacement for Munster against Gloucester in 2003.
"Mike has plenty of experience and will enhance our scrum-half options greatly," said head coach Dean Ryan.
"He's a different type of player to the other 9s at the club and I look forward to him challenging them to be first choice. This signing is a great example of the strength in depth we are building at Gloucester."
Prendergast added: "When a club of Gloucester's stature shows an interest in you, you'd be mad to ignore it. I know all about the passion of the fans and the atmosphere at Kingsholm - the miracle match is a night none of us who were lucky enough to be involved will ever forget.
"Once I met with Bryan Redpath and the other coaches it was a very easy decision to make. Gloucester have got a set-up and a squad that can take on the best in Europe, so to be able to play a part in that is fantastic.
"I've had a great time at Bourgoin but am really looking forward to moving to England in the summer and getting stuck in."
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
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Gloucester return to European Rugby Challenge Cup action on Thursday evening with the visit of Stade Rochelais to Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm). Early Bird ticket prices are available until 6:30pm on matchday.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.